Monday, 23 May 2016

It's Victoria Day

and what's more Victorian than swans? That and I had this guy sitting around doing nothing.

I needed a big enough mould to fit both embeds in and this seems to be the only one that does the trick. Hence why so many of the soaps I make have the scalloped edge. At least I'm putting it to good use.

The flower is actually a bit behind the swan, so the swan's not actually butting at it with its head.

To everyone who lives in the "colonies", hope you have a lovely Victoria Day. To the rest of the world, have a great week!

Monday, 16 May 2016

Unchain my heart

Love that song, especially Joe Cocker's version.

There have been so many MP soapers making gorgeous swirl soaps, but you need suspension based bases to do it properly. I haven't purchased more bases of late, so I did it the old fashioned way of pouring two colours simultaneously into the mould. The first one is a nicer contrast, but the second one is probably more calming.

Have a lovely week!

Sunday, 8 May 2016

A face only a (stormtrooper's) mother could love (belated May the Fourth Be With You)

Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful moms out there. You do a job that many of us couldn't: take care of others while doing a gazillion other things. And this is why I don't have kids, let alone pets and barely plants, I don't have the skills to do it all.

There was a storybook I loved as a child, called My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, about a child who is looking for his mother, and describes her as the most beautiful woman in the world. I think the same is true the other way around, moms think their kids are the most beautiful things in the world, regardless of whether or not the rest of the world thinks so.

So, I present to you, my "child". I'm realistic enough to know it's not beautiful, in fact, my hubby looked at it, and said it has a more "adult" look to it than looking like a stormtrooper embedded in a heart (in case you can't see it), but it's a labour of love, like most children. It was a difficult one to do because of the curve on the heart and the stormtrooper wasn't exactly a flat piece either. But we love our kids, warts, curves and odd behaviours and all, right?

I hope your kids, if you have any, treat you to an extra something special today, but that they also treat you every like it's Mother's Day.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Sci-Fi Mashup

Some days, you come up with what you think are great ideas, and put them into practice and they come out...well, sorta, not really how you expected. Such was this idea.

I thought it'd be cool to do a pseudo Han Solo frozen in carbonite from The Empire Strikes Back scene. Without a Han Solo doll. Without carbonite either, or anything else from that scene for that matter. Just the sci fi sort of idea. Never mind. Well it does have the Death Star, so there's the Star Wars link.

I've been hoarding waiting for a good time to use these adorable little aliens ever since my sister gave me her soaping supplies, and figured it's time to stop hoarding (at least little plastic figurines) and start putting them to good use.

I didn't mind the Stephenson soaps being a bit more cloudy in this application, although it would be way cooler if you could almost see the alien inside, but maybe it'll just make washing more fun.

Glitter makes everything better, doesn't it?

These female aliens seem to do a better job of guarding their pal.

Have a great, geeky week everyone!

Monday, 25 April 2016

If it's springtime, it must be embeds

Well seeing how the last batch of soaps went so swimmingly well (not!), it made me want to continue to bang my head against the wall attempt more embeds. Seeing how it's spring time, I decided on some springtime themed embeds.

I think this would make lovely giveaways at weddings, once I get some super clear soap. I think the main thing that I find disappointing is not being able to see the background too well.

You can see it from the back side here, but the swan ends up looking like a duck. So not elegant (sorry ducks!)

Another thing that says spring to me, even though I don't play, is golf. This one was partly due to the fact I had made a half a golf ball, and had no clue what to do with it.

As you can see, it's a little higher than clear soap, but that works too right?

I hope you're having a lovely start to the spring season and have a great week!

One more embedded soap to use up some of the leftovers.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Frustrations abound

I'd almost run out of white MP soap a few months back, so went to a local store to pick up some base. I usually buy from Otion (Brambleberry's storefront) but with the exchange being as it was, I decided to buy local, but purchase a brand that's well known.

It turned out, well not as expected. First of all, it's not the white base, even though it looked pretty darned white when I bought it. Secondly, it's not as clear glycerin as I expected clear soap to be.

My only consolation with this is that the bottom is scented with grapefruit FO which smells delicious. That and I'm not a baseball fan anyway.

Hope you have a great week.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Coffee, tea or some reasonable facsimile

Do you ever do that thing, where you think oh yeah, I can make what exactly what I see on Pinterest, and it will turn out just as beautiful? I love deluding myself with that, almost as much as I love deluding myself that I'm taller than I actually am. :D

This time, it wasn't Pinterest (well it's probably there too), but of course, the one, the only Soapqueen. I wanted so badly to make something similar to her Thai Tea soap, but as a coffee one instead.

I kinda feel like Murphy's Law rules my world. I guess it partly has to do with impatience and really, there are only so many times MP soap wants to be melted.

The coffee part turned out fine. I added in real coffee grounds and used chocolate espresso FO from Brambleberry. Smells delicious.

My cream part though, didn't come out as well. First, I melted some new base that I thought was white. Turns out, it's a lot clearer when it's melted. Oh, well then we'll use some goat's milk base that I had used previously and need to make into something else. The coffee part solidified quickly, and so I tried to use a fork to push the cream part into it. It's only semi successful though.

I tried to make a whipped topping, but my hand mixer died (not sure why, it's only been around since I was in grade school), so I tried to whip it up quickly by hand. But by that time, the cream portion had solidified enough that the whipped topping didn't sit on it so well. I'm going to have to use some clear soap to stick it on.

Looks like the soaps are wearing toupees.

Well, onwards and upwards. Until next time, have a great week!